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there is a super marketable3 right here, people might be cutting out of this lane, here is a light that just turned red and yomight not see that it was turning red and you might have just gone through it right there. this guy that i just saw mount middle of the road. if i wasn't paying attention he ould have been hit and another family would have lost somebody to distracted driving. and this is exactly why i don't drive distracted because i never want any other family to lose somebody to distracted driving. >> you talk to different groups aout the dangers. >> we want peer to his talk to peers about distracted driving. i think it's the most effective way. it's not someone person who has a ph.d telling you not to text and drive it's your friends telling you they don't want to you text and drive. when i get a text while i am driving it's hard not to look, you always want to look at the text. but i just remember that there is a text there and i wait until i am at a complete stop. if i think it's an important text i pull over to the side of the road and look at the text. so, eric, i want to show you my
website. you can take the pledge by icking on this button here. you are ledgering as you can read here, it says i pledge not to drive distracted because it endangers myself and those around me. i will never text and drive, i will always speak out when i see a driver being distracted. and i will urge my community and encourage my peers to not text and drive. >> i think i can take that pledge. the. ô> thank you for pledging, eric. >> all right. >> so that was the easy part. for jon, the hard part is ahead. >> it's just really hard to break people out of a bad lab and it's break people from such an easy habit of peeking up their phone and reading something. the ultimate goal of lead is to have no more deaths in the u.s. by distracted driving. doing all of this has taught me that perseverance and dedication really are the greatest qualities that you can have. and without those qualities, i don't think that i would have been able to start this because it takes a lot of time, a lot of
commitment. a lot of talking to people. and a lot of raising money to do this. >> i am keeping to the pledge, madisen. my phone is put away when i drive. are you affecting change in your community? we want to hear all about it. go to livelifeandwin.com, click contact us and tell us your story. >> up next. >> i am jaclyn lee, i am 17 years old and this is how i "live life and win!." >> plus, we'll show you how this tee is trying to make a difference thousands of miles fm home. >> stay tuned. here is more coming up e life and win!." ♪ yeah, you've gotta live life and win ♪ and win ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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your life you can ♪ >> welcome back to "live life win!." where teens are beating the odds, giving back and affecting change. >>eric, i am going to inter deuces you to a future journalist who is alread making an impact. she couldn't get an internship so she started her own show. >> what we are goin going to doe are going film you right here and then i will move the chairs and then we are just going to set up and sort. >> we are taking you behind the scenes i've teen news program. >> i will just ask you questions and just pretend the camera is not there. and the then if you could just kind of be as open as you can. >> okay. >> that would be really great and just don't look directly in the camera. >> meet 17-year-old aclyn lee. today she is going to interview her classmate for her show. she's going ask lots of personal
and private questions. jaclyn's web show is called this teen life. >> so you said that he was really aggresse towards you. what exactly would happen? >> each day would be different. like i would see him and wonder which one of him he would get the angry one, the happy one. >> the topics are tough. they deal with social issues teens face every day. many times they are issues teens don't want to talk to adults about. >> finallyt start today get to úthe point where he would -- he would blame me for a lot of problems in his life. and start pushing me. and telling me that i wasn't any good. and so it was more verbal abuse and then with some roughness and we would always try to show off to his friends and stuff like that. he had only actually like physically hit me once. but it -- i would always kind of, you know, he was always too rough with me. >> so when he would hit you, what exactly was going through your mind? >> at first it was fear. the one time he actually did hit me, i started crying because it hurt. and i was scared. and then i told him i was like
you gotta get out of my house. >> for as long as jaclyn can remember, she's wanted to be a journalist. >> i wanto be a journalist because i love telling stories. a journalist is someone who tells a story. and they are able to use that story to change other people's lives. i have always loved talking. i am using my voice to tell their terry. staistory that they may not be. >> tell me about this steve line. >> it's focusing on hardship that his teens face today by focusing on cutting or verbal or sexual abuse, kids who have gone through but are not able to talk about it can watch an episode and realize that others have gone through the same exact thing hopefully they feel less alone and improve their lives from watching an episode. >> what are of the topics that you cover? >> there is disease, the pressure tower look good. college admissions. and i just conducted a few interviews on homosexuality and depression. >> what made you want to start this? >> i just like helping people. i am combining my passion for
helping other people with television journalism. ts is kind of my way of starting early. >> what was the first story you put on this teen life? >> the very first was cutting and self harm. >what made you choose that? >> there was a girl that i knew who was willing to talk about her experience with self mute gleyings why such heavy topics? >> i feel like a lot of people simply don't address them because they are so heavy. ieel like in society today, if you say i used to cut myself, people will kind of look down upon you because, like, oh, you cut yourself. and i feel like focusing on timely topics i am able to discuss things that are prevalent with society today and so what the show is trying to do is trying to show we all struggle and we all go through similar hardships. so you shouldn't fila loan. you shouldn't feel like a bad person. >> so what do you do to achieve your goal of being a journalist? >> so basically when i was 15 i started job shadowing different anchors and producers.
that kind of what started my interest in it. then when i was begging for internships they said you are too young and that got me angry. they said create something yourself. so i figured in this digital age we are able do so much at the at this point of our finger, he so i figured, okay, then i'll start something so eventually the web show came bah. >> as teens in the 21st century it's time to share our story from our perspective. the untold side. not from adults, from our generation, it's our turn. our voice. a show by teens, for teens. >> okay, so basically this is my room. and this is where i edit all of the videos and take the interviews and turn them in to episodes. normally i have to watch all of te footage and then i cut it, for example, this is an episode that i did on depression, i can cut it and just drag it down and put it there. and then i have like a transition. and then ta-da. then you have a little clip.
>> how long does it take to you usually edit one episode? >> it could vary from a few days to a few weeks depending on how much time i have. >> so is nigh job in danger? >> no, no, we can work together. [ laughter ] >> that's awesome. sounds good to me. i like it. jaclyn gets feedback from her viewers, so she knows she's making a difference. >> i believe i am make an impact because i have received messages from strangers all over the world that have said that i have helped them and changed their lives. when i first launched the show, i got a mess fridging a kid who was 16 years old and he had gone through mental health issues and he said the website really helped him connect with other people and said it helped him a lot as a person. and when thanked, all o that haf the hard work made sense, that was the main goal of the entire show was just to help one kid and i did end up helping one kid so everything else is just a bonus. the ultimate goal for this teen
life is to hopefully influence other people's lives for the better. she wants to give advice for anyo trying to follow their own dream. >> the advice that i give them is they are going to probably face rejection, that's just a fact of life. but if you care about something so passionately, and if you want to make it a reality, make it a reality. don't let other people stop you. because you will have people say no to you, you will have people seo, that's kind of stupid. but don't listen to them f you care about it, make it happen and it will be great. >> after college she wants to be a foreign correspondent. dot touch that remote. >> we have just shown you two teens affecting change to make their communits a better place. >> coming up, my. >> my name is kevin kilroy and i am 16 years old and this is how i "live life and win!." >> "live life and win!" is coming right back. closed captioning provided by: hey julie, i know today's critical, but i really...
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♪ live your life you can live >> welcome back to "live life and win!", the series celebrating teen success stories. >> and now to a problem affecting millions of people worldwide. ere is a water crisis in third world countries that's making people sick, even killing them. but there is one teen doing what she can to help solve the problem. ♪ >> water. it's something that just happens. you turn on the faucet and out it comes. it's a much different scene a world away in africa where the crowd has been gathering for sometime now. and then finally, an explosion of emotion. it's a celebration over water. that's right, water. something we take for granted in the united states. but here in the nation of nyjer, in africa, it's something that they haven't had this close to their village ever. and this is the girl responsible. her name is kevin kilroy. she's 16 years old. and she helped bring this well
and clean water to the region. únot all water is clean. to me clean water mean that his you won't get sick from drinking your own water. i didn't think it was possible that people couldn't have clean drinking water. people in the world today. this is a problem i thought was long gone, but it's still very much in our lives. >> the republic of nyjer is a lands-locked country in west africa. the population is more than 16 million people. and the country is about 80% desert. kevin lives about 8,000 miles from it. >> many team die every year from not having clean water. >> some of the statistics we found are staggering. worldwide, every 21 seconds a child dies from water-related illnesses. and 3.4 million people die each year. >> i really care about the people, they are not that much different from anyone, i was raised to treat everybody equally. you know, the golden rule, treat your neighbor like you treat yourself. because they are 8,000 miles away, doesn't mean they are any le important and have any less
meaning to having a nice life. and having clean drinking water. kevin is not one to sit around and watch people suffer. she got involved with an organization caldwells spring hopeful you see, there is water in nyjer, but it's buried 300 feet underground. so the organizaon comes in and drills the water source and erects a well so the villagers have keanu have clean drinking water. i helped raise $100,000 to drill 12 roles in nyjer. it's surreal to think that there are people in nyjer that have clean watter because of me. >> take close look at this photo. it's had a profound impact on kevin. she told me the woman in the photograph walks nine miles each way every day to get clean water. >> i can't evening imagine that all of these women have to walk nine miles eah day to get drinking water. i can't even imagine myself having to walk a block to get drinking water. eric, these are the pictures that my dad took when he was in nyjer with my brother.
this is a picture of a school girl that actually had clean water from a well that well spring hope provided. she told her parents that she wanted to go to school since she didn't have to get water every day. >> young girls starting age eight they have to walk to get water and, you know, nine miles is a long way to walk, so that occupies their whole day. sometimes they have to get water twice a day for their family and that takes up all of your time and you won't be able to go to school. this is actually a really interesting photo. it makes everything i am doing kin of worthwhile when i see that. >> how long has it been since these people have actually seen water? >> well, clean water, probably never. >>ow poor are these countries? >> a study that well spring hope used to campaign for drilling in nyjer, it was documented that nyjer was the third poorest country ed in world. >> why do you want to help these peole in. >> it's really important to me because of the girls. when i first found out about
well spine hope i was in seventh grade i was applying to a dream school, an all girl's school i am so privileged where i getting to to cool and learn and have all the opportunities in my life. some girls in my age don't have those opportunities. and i think that seeing these picks and hearing the stories of how their lifed changed after a well being drilled in the village it's kind of like i am getting something back. >> and the stories of water ople usually drink only get worse. >> this water is so dirty, so filthy, that in order to go to nyjer, you need it, my brother needed eight shots to go. they havy co lie responsible for killing 2 million people a year. >> it's a problem kevin wants to fix, no matter what it takes. >> doing all of this has taught me that i take my life for granted sometimes. it's kind of changed the way i look at the world and it's changed my perspective on life in that you should never take anything for granted. i feel that i am making an impact on the world by talking
about drinking water and wells, i am a 16-year-old girl talking about something i didn't know about two years ago and something that someone doesn't know today. and i think that's going change another person's life like it's changed mine. >> kevin is campaign to go empower girls in africa and keep them in school. >> how do you "live life and win!"? sends us a message, photo, or even up load a video. go to livelifeandwin.com and click conta us. >> stay tuned, there is more coming up on "liveife and win!." ♪ yeah, i've gotta live life and win ♪ ♪
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like running water or electricity. but thanks to one enterprising american teen, the lives of hundreds of kids living in an orphanage is a lot brighter. amelia tells us more. - ella keinan is a girl on a mission. when she was seven, she organized a toy and book drive for immigrants from ethiopia. when she was nine, she got schoolmates and parents to clean-up local beaches. at 10, she was running a clothing drive for the children of refugees who had fled syria. any one of those projects would be enough to be proud of. but ella was only just beginning. and she's with us today to talk about that. hi ella! - hi, thank you for having me. - your biggest project started when you were preparing for your 12th birthday celebration. tell us about it. - in my religion, at the age of 12 or 13, everyone has a bar or bat mitzvah, and i'm jewish, and usually, you get gifts from your guests, but i decided that if i could ask them to give me money instead, i could use that to do something big.
- what is it that you did and how did you get the idea? - i met sivan ya'ari, the founder of innovation: africa, which is a non-for-profit organization that brings israeli's solar technology to rural african villages, and with her, i found an orphanage in uganda to sponsor and began my project there. - what were the things you needed to buy for the orphanage? - so we had a solar energy project which meant that we bought solar panels and batteries to store the energy, and with that, we brought the kids light, and to do what was most important to me which was connect them to the worldwide web. we bought computers and modems, but because kayunga was so far off the grid, we had to set up our own cellular antennae, and that's how we connected them to the internet. - wow, that's impressive. how did you raise the money? - with innovation: africa, i set up an online web page which i sent to my guests and asked them to donate there. and i updated them on the progress of my project, so some guests got so excited that they even donated twice.
- that's great. and then you went with your parents to visit kayango. what was the village like? - [ella] from the moment we drove into the school, the whole village swarmed us. it was so exciting, that's kind of when i realized the impact of my project because it was greater than just the kids and the school. i was affecting the whole community and changing all of their lives, and it was very emotional for me. - were the people in kayango friendly? - they were very, very nice. - [all] thank you ella! thank you ella, thank you ella, thank you ella! ♪ we are happy to see you today. - [ella] the whole time i was there was just hugs and high-fives, and they sang and they danced. and we still keep in touch today, i taught them a computer lesson so that they could email me and use the internet for whatever they needed to. - that is so cool. besides helping to set up solar lighting at the orphanage, what else did you do for the community? - well when we arrived, we realized that there were some other things they needed help with.
so we went into the village and we bought them all sorts of tools to teach skills for the real world like sewing machines. we bought mattresses for the orphans sleeping on the ground, food supplies, and we also got a doctor to come in and check for hiv, malaria, ringworms, and treat them all. - even though this started as a bat mitzvah project for your 12th birthday, you're still helping the people of kayango, aren't you? - yeah, so as i mentioned, we keep in touch so i can send them food and things like that, but also we set up a sustainable aspect to the project. at the school, there's a cell phone charging station in which people from surrounding villages can come in and pay money to charge their phones and they can use that to pay for food. also, we're considering revisiting kayunga and installing a rainwater collecting system that would help agriculture and all sorts of things like that. - you're truly inspiring. thanks for sharing your story with us. - thank you for having me. - there's an old ugandan proverb that says, "one who sees something good, must tell of it."